Parents Daily News Roundup

Jacob Barnett, 14-Year-Old With Asperger’s Syndrome, May Be Smarter Than Einstein
When Jacob Barnett was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoe laces. But they were sorely, extraordinarily mistaken. (via Huffington Post)

Pollution May Increase Kids’ Risk For Diabetes
Living in a highly polluted area could increase a child’s risk for developing insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, Medical Daily reported. (via Fox News)

Obesity ‘obsession’ Causes Underweight Children To Be Overlooked, Researchers Claim
A group of researchers claim the public’s “obsession” with the obesity epidemic has caused many to overlook the issue of underweight school-aged children, BBC News reported. (via Fox News)

Teens Texting At The Wheel Tied To More Driving Risks
Teenagers who text while driving are also more likely to engage in other risky activities, such as riding with an intoxicated driver or not wearing a seatbelt, a new study suggests. (via Reuters)

Recording Reveals K12 Inc., Florida’s Online Education Provider, Struggled to Comply With Law
The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and State Impact Florida have obtained internal emails and a recording of a company meeting that provide new insight into allegations that K12 Inc., the nation’s largest online education company, uses teachers in Florida who do not have all of the required state certifications. (via Huffington Post)

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